Happy Birthday, Babyface!
The man who's responsible for a good fraction of your '90s boo-loving playlists turns 56 years old today (April 10). His name is Kenneth Edmonds, better known as Babyface.
Babyface is one of those artists who is dangerous as both a behind-the-scenes producer and songwriter and a solo act. He earned six Billboard Top 10 singles, including 1990's "Whip Appeal" and 1994's "When Can I See You."
But a big part of Babyface's legacy is how he is a versatile R&B hitmaker. He survived as R&B made its shift from sharper, New Jack Swing sounds to searing ballads. During the former, he produced the majority of Bobby Brown's wildly successful solo debut, Don't Be Cruel -- including throwback party standards "Every Little Step," "My Prerogative" and "Don't Be Cruel."
His popularity lasted longer the Brown's, though. He unlocked hit, saccharine balladry magic with Boyz II Men. "End of the Road" and "I'll Make Love to You" are the epitome of cheesy, end-of-the-world romance. People dug those in the '90s; both tunes landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. His collaborations with Toni Braxton -- "You Mean the World to Me," for example -- also did well. Babyface's other mid to late-'90s successes include TLC's bedroom classics "Red Light Special" and "Diggin On You," Brandy's "Sittin Up in My Room" and Mary J. Blige's "Not Gon' Cry."
And the man's still got it. Babyface won Grammys two years in a row: Best R&B Contemporary Album for Alicia Keys' Girl on Fire in 2014 and Best R&B Album for Love, Marriage, & Divorce in 2015, his collaboration album with Braxton. This guy can't lose.
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